Carve - Indigenous Carving from the Commonwealth

16 – 25 MARCH 2006

Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination

Venue: Melbourne Museum

Curated and Produced by Global Art Projects

Carve brought together artists from the Commonwealth nations of Canada, New Zealand and Australia, to examine contemporary practices of traditional indigenous carving. Throughout the Games period, each artist participated in workshops open to the public, making new work and demonstrating the role of traditional technique, motif and custom in their practice. The range of work created included a 10ft interior totem pole, carved sufboards, pukamani poles (used in burial ceremonies); and traditional dugout canoes.

Wayne Alfred (Kwakwaka'wakw Nation/Canada)
Bruce Alfred (Kwakwaka'wakw Nation/Canada)
Aaron Te Whanatangi Kereopa (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Patrick “Freddy” Puruntatameri (Tiwi/Australia)
John “Sandy” Atkinson (Bangerang/Australia)
Peter Atkinson (Bangerang/Australia)
Neville Atkinson (Bangerang/Australia)